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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 300

    A. Lange & Söhne. A very fine and rare 18K pink gold limited edition one minute tourbillon wristwatch with chain fusée, up and down indicator and black dial


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    A. Lange & Söhne. A very fine and rare 18K pink gold limited edition one minute tourbillon wristwatch with chain fusée, up and down indicator and black dial
    Signed A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte I/SA, Tourbillon, Pour le Merite model, No. 120/150, ref. 701.011, movement no. 410, case no. 110370, circa 1996
    Cal. L902.0 three quarter plate nickel-finished lever movement, 29 jewels, screwed gold chatons, power equalization with chain and fusée, gold lever and gold escape wheel, finely hand-engraved gold bridges, the three armed polished steel tourbillon carriage with Glucydur balance and two diamond endstones visible through a glazed aperture in the solid silver black dial with applied pink gold lozenge-shaped numerals, two subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds and 36 hours power reserve, in large circular case with downturned lugs, the glazed display back secured by six screws, 18K pink gold A. Lange & Söhne buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    38 mm. diam.

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    Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne blank International Guarantee, sales tag, instruction manual, original fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

    Lange's Tourbillon "Pour le Mérite", another example of the company's complex and exclusive timepieces, incorporates a number of fascinating technical details never seen before in a wristwatch, amongst them the going train driven with a chain fusée. This complicated mechanism optimises the rate accuracy of the watch and is visible through an aperture in the movement plate. A highly sophisticated planetary gearing system keeps the power to the going train steady even while the watch is being wound.

    It appears that the "Pour le Mérite" Tourbillon is one of only two wristwatches known today fitted with a chain and fusée for the power equalization. The second model is its even more complicated twin, the "Tourbograph Pour le Mérite" wristwatch with tourbillon and split seconds chronograph, introduced into the market in 2006.

    The tourbillon mechanism also serves the purpose of improving rate accuracy by offsetting the disruptive effect of gravity. The rotating cage is suspended by two pivots between two diamond endstones. It turns around its own axis once a minute and can be precisely balanced with small counterweights.

    All parts of the watch are finished by hand and every surface is decorated. Consequently, the completion of each of these masterpieces requires several months. The Lange Tourbillon "Pour le Mérite" series was limited to 15 examples in pink, 15 in white and 120 in yellow gold and 50 in platinum, in production between 1994 and 1998.